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Courts

  • Harper murder case won’t proceed

    By SHAINA STOCKTON
    Staff

    INDEPENDENCE — George Albert Harper III, who was charged with first-degree murder in the 2002 shooting death of Brandon Billings, has pleaded guilty to two counts of perjury for giving conflicting testimony to Grayson County grand juries.
    As a result, the prosecution will not go forward with the murder charge against Harper and a charge for using a firearm in commission of a felony was amended to reflect one of the two perjury charges.

  • Man with 24 warrants captured

    GALAX — A man with 24 outstanding warrants was captured Wednesday at 8 p.m. in Galax after officers retrieved him from a creek.
    Jonathan Thomas Choate, 32, of Sparta, N.C., was arrested after an incident on South Main Street, according to a Galax Police Department news release.
    “Officer Drew Burnett had observed the suspect involved in a suspicious activity while on patrol in West Galax,” the release said. “When Burnett stopped and returned to investigate his observations, the suspect had fled.”

  • Eisenhauer will not face capital murder

    CHRISTIANSBURG — A former Virginia Tech student will not face a capital murder charge in the killing of 13-year-old Nicole Lovell, whose body was found just outside Grayson County at the beginning of this year.
    Montgomery County Commonwealth’s Attorney Mary Pettitt said Tuesday that investigators had not been able to prove that David Eisenhauer, 19, had sexual contact with Lovell.

  • Deputies find wanted man, drugs, and stolen property

    INDEPENDENCE — A man wanted by Galax police on outstanding warrants was arrested in Independence by Grayson County deputies, and received additional charges for possession of marijuana and a stolen lawnmower.
    According to a news release from Grayson Sheriff Richard Vaughan, deputies recently visited a residence at 2246 Big Ridge Road in Independence, in search of Michael Joseph Miller, 38, who was wanted by the Galax Police Department. Vaughan said that Miller had outstanding warrants which included feloniously eluding Galax police office two days prior.

  • Preliminary hearing rescheduled in murder case

    INDEPENDENCE — A preliminary hearing for Greyling Dwayne “Beany” Davis of Galax, who is charged with the first-degree murder of Karen Cates at her Grayson County home, was continued Monday morning in Grayson County General District Court.
    An arraignment hearing was held on May 2 for Davis, where Jonathon Venzie of Independence was appointed as his defense attorney, according to the court.

  • Nofsinger pretrial moved at defense’s request

    By SHANNON WATKINS
    Staff

    ABINGDON — The federal trial and a pretrial conference for Richard Denny Nofsinger Jr. were recently granted a continuance in federal court.
    Nofsinger is charged with eight federal counts of producing child pornography and is also facing state charges of the capital murder of Anastasia Alley, 21 months, and the first degree murder of her mother, Alyssa Kenny, 28. State proceedings will continue after the federal case is complete.

  • Overdose leads to drug arrest in Independence

    INDEPENDENCE — On Aug. 4, Grayson County Sheriff’s Office investigators, members of the Twin County Drug Task Force and Independence Police arrested an Independence man following an investigation of a possible drug overdose.

  • Grand jury releases sealed indictments

    By Larry Chambers
    Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – Sealed indictments returned by a Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury on July 22 have been opened against four suspects.
    Randy Scott Martin, 48, of Galax, was indicted on five charges.

  • Three arrested on drug charges

    BAYWOOD — Three North Carolina subjects were recently arrested and charged with attempting to deliver drugs to Grayson County, among several other offenses.
    According to a report from the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office, members of the department arrested the three subjects after stopping them in a white Dodge Dakota truck on Beech Grove Road in Baywood Aug. 1.
    A search of the vehicle revealed a Benelli 12-gauge shotgun, methamphetamine, “shrooms,” ammunition, and prescription pills, according to the report.

  • Dog mauling case sent to grand jury

    INDEPENDENCE — The felony cases against John Terry Underwood and Terra Lynn Connell, both charged in the Jan. 6 dog attack death of 15-month-old Payton Lyrik Sawyers, will move on to consideration by the grand jury, following a preliminary hearing last week at the Grayson County Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court.